Tales of Murder, for readers with time to kill!



Welcome to the online home of Tales of Murder Press, LLC, an independent publisher of classic and out‐of‐print murder mystery and related novels and short stories.

If it's a story that involves murder or violent, unnatural death in any component, or involves crime and detectives, whether professional or amateur, we publish it.


Tales of Murder Press is the brainchild of writer & editor Richard Cook. After 15+ years as a professional writer and editor in the corporate arena, he found his desire to use his writing and editing experience to tell better stories, and find an outlet for his own fiction and nonfiction storytelling interests. After drafting his own hardboiled PI novel, he realized a need to better understand the conventions of this genre and began researching past classics.

Through this research, he discovered that the genre held more great works than those by greats and well‐known authors like Dashiell Hammett and Agatha Christie. He discovered thousands of thrilling murder mystery and crime stories by lesser knowns like Ward Sterling, Ben Benson and others.

Certainly known to rabid fans of the murder mystery genre, these authors are largely forgotten by the general reading public, even the average murder mystery fan. And while a few genre authors have reached the lofty realm of literature in the English 101 sense, most have been relegated to mere genre fiction status by academia.

Yet, these novels and short stories are powerful, exciting works that deserve, in the modern Internet and ereader age, to be remembered and honored as literature.

In an effort to save these works from historical obscurity, Tales of Murder Press was founded in 2013 to give voice once more to these authors, to introduce these great works to a new generation of murder mystery fans, to prove their literary merit, and to preserve them.

These stories are preserved and served the public through this site, which offers readers and fans a single location to find and enjoy these stories. It provides, free to all readers, short stories of up to 3,000 words, with short stories from 3,000 to 10,000 words as free downloads, just an email required.

A free weekly email newsletter delivers these exciting stories to fans, giving them a constant stream of content to enjoy online or off.

Also available are novellas ranging from just over 10,000 words to 40,000 words, representing anywhere from an hour plus reading to several hours.

Finally, murder mystery & crime fiction fans will find a collection of thrilling novels available from popular to obscure but skilled writers.

Tales of Murder Press, and the forces behind it, are first and foremost fans of murder mystery fiction from cozies to noir and hardboiled, with amateur and professional sleuths, evil villains and desperate crooks. We seek to honor the men and women who penned these works while proving their literary worth and ensuring they do not pass into literary or historical obscurity.

Privacy Policy

Email & SPAM

Your email and other personal details are safe with us. We will NEVER sell, rent or provide any data on any person who provides any kind of information. We HATE the SPAM crap, too and will put out a contract on any SPAMMERS who steal our content or your personal information.


TalesofMurder.com may occasionally accept limited advertising from relevant companies. We may, on occasion and only as part of the weekly email, send you offers from other parties. However, we’ll provide YOU with THEIR contact info; not the other way around! We will NEVER sell, rent, or give away your information.

We offer no guarantee to what they provide or what they may do with your contact information. Once you leave TalesofMurder.com, remember … caveat emptor!


The site does use cookies and other methods to track our users. This is only to ensure a better experience for our readers and you can always opt out at any time. Cookies are used to recognize frequent visitors so that we can provide the custom content. The cookie allows the site to recognize returning visitors, to enable you to read PREMIUM CONTENT available only to subscribers without asking you to log in again.

Terms of Service

Copyright Status

All works—whether short stories or novels, whether provided free on the site and/or via email subscription, or paid content—is public domain or used by permission of the copyright holder. We acquire the material by purchasing back issues of old mystery and detective magazines and reformatting the stories for internet and ereader use.

We never claim ownership or copyright on any material presented here unless otherwise expressly stated. We have, however, put a great deal of work into reformatting, cleaning and restyling the content. Many of the images, in particular, are redrawn by hand to ensure the highest quality. While legally you can copy and use most of the images (some are custom and therefore subject to our copyright; this will be noted) and stories, we ask that you respect our efforts and simply link to the story if you wish to share it.

It is NEVER our intent to publish any work without give credit where credit is due or without permission. If you are the copyright owner of a work found on this site, please let use know by using the contact form, below. We have made every effort to ensure that we are not violating anyone's copyright but in the event of an oversight, we will work with you to correct the oversight. Again, it is our intent to provide these stories to new and old fans and ensure their lasting availability, not take away from the owner's ability to promote their own work.

Individual collections and works may have their own copyright, as applicable under US Copyright Law, and will be thus indicated.

Censorship Policy

All stories are published on TalesofMurder.com for the entertainment of our site and product users. We seek to honor the original writers of the stories by publishing their works whole and complete, without changing the works in any way, except to correct any minor issues with grammar or punctuation. This means that occasionally a story may include language that, in today’s environment, may be seen as derogatory or inflammatory. We believe that changing this language to be more “politically correct” does a disservice to the writer and the story. It is, in our opinion, a form of censorship. Use of this language and our decision to keep it reflects the time in which the story was written and/or set. It does not reflect the opinions of TalesofMurder.com. We believe in free speech and free expression, without censorship. We believe in the rights of all people, regardless of race, creed, gender, etc.

If you are offended by the language, please leave the site.


When and if commenting on individual pages or stories is allowed, it is our policy to police the comments for derogatory or inflammatory comments. All users are free to express opinions about the stories, about their authors, or the site, itself. However, trolls and users who use comments for spam or other nefarious means will be banned.

Remember, you are entitled to your opinion, but so is the other guy. Be respectful of others and their opinions.